Meet the Author: December 2014

Michael on Santa's knee

One Christmas in the mid-sixties, the author begins to panic that he may not have been as good as he ought to have been throughout the year

I can’t quite believe that the holiday period is with us again. The year has flown by, due in no little part to the project I started in summer, where I wrote and published one chapter of a novel per week in my blog at Goodreads. I don’t think I’ve ever had to work so hard—and over such a sustained period—before in my life.

The result, though, the novel, Gooseberry, which resurrects characters from Wilkie Collins’s novel The Moonstone—was released on November 21st. Even then it was already attracting some fantastic reviews from LibraryThing Early Reviewers, who seem to have taken young Gooseberry to their hearts. Actually, the response was so good, I’ve now made a start on the sequel, Octopus, which I’m hoping to have ready for publication in July. A big shout goes out to those LTER reviewers, wismom (Laura in Wisconsin), Barbara Ender Jones, I ADAM, CurlyQueL, and Keen Chris, for their very kind support.

Why the Victorians Saw Ghosts

This month’s article from Why the Victorians Saw Ghosts – An Illustrated Guide to 19th Century Spiritualism is about Maria B. Hayden, a young resident of Connecticut, New England, who was the first medium to bring spiritualism to Britain. You can still download the book, which retails for US$2.99 in most online stores, for free from When it comes time to pay, just use coupon code: TD22X. If you can use ePubs, this is the file to go for as it provides a superior conversion.

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Wishing you all very happy holidays and happy reading! May you have a fabulous new year!